Funding for this program will be raised through business partnerships and Foundation events. One-time or recurring contributions will enable more students to move on to college and to life-long careers.
The 2018 Rising Star Scholarship Winner: Calena Slesser
Last summer, Calena Slesser's sister was struck and nearly killed by a car while crossing the street. As her parents shifted their focus to hospital visits, medical consultations and rehabilitative care, Calena fell into the role of caregiver to her younger siblings.
It was a lot to shoulder for any high school senior, much less for someone who was putting in extra hours to get back on track academically. But no matter what personal and family hardships Calena has faced, she’s done so with grace and strength, never losing sight of her goal of graduating in the hopes of pursuing a college degree.
“She has fire in her belly and she has hope,” says Canyons School District’s Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling. “My hope for her would be that she continues on this high of realizing she can do hard things, and that she can make a future for herself and find within herself the strength to rise above any challenge.” Smart and tenacious, she’s “very generous with her time and talents and helps other students who are struggling,” says her math and financial literacy teacher Wendy Quigley. “She is one of those kids who could go really, really far given the opportunity.”
For her persistence in the face of adversity, Calena was chosen to receive the Canyons Education Foundation's premier $2,500 Rising Star Scholarship at the Foundation's seventh annual Spring Gala on Thursday, April 19, 2018 . The Foundation awarded a record $11,000 in college scholarships to nine deserving students.
Congratulations to Calena and the following Bright Star Scholarship winners:
- Alta High: Olivia Steadman
- Brighton High: McKayla Dumas
- Corner Canyon High: Sam Aamodt
- Hillcrest High: Marthe Mfourou
- Jordan High: Vanesa Beers
- Jordan High: Makayla Wright
- Mountain America Scholar: Emily Arthur
RizePoint STEM Scholarships:
Students in Grades 5 – 10 are invited to apply for a RizePoint STEM
Scholarship to attend a summer camp of your choice in the areas of
Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.
Amount available: up to $500 per student scholarship
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2018 RIZEPOINT SCHOLARSHIP IS MAY 4, 2018 AT 5:00PM. FIND THE APPLICATION HERE.
STEM SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS:
Canyons Community Education
University of Utah
SLC Summer Camps
4H of Utah
We had a great awards reception with RizePoint. Check it out here.